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Welcome to The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School


Welcome to The Urswick School, a mixed secondary school located in the heart of Hackney. We are now recognised as one of the best inner city secondary schools in the country.

In 2014 we were named by the Department for Education as one of the Top 100 most improved schools nationwide. This is recognition of our transformed GCSE results; over the last six years the proportion of students achieving 5+ A* to C grades with English and maths have more than doubled.

Earlier this year we were awarded Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England in recognition of the excellence of our provision for Arts education. We are also members of the London Mayor’s Gold Club. The Urswick School was invited to join this prestigious group because of our ‘exceptional outcomes for all pupils whatever their circumstances’.

Our latest Ofsted report judged the school to be good with outstanding features. Ofsted praised the ‘exemplary’ behaviour of our students and judged the leadership of our school to be outstanding.

In the last three years we have successfully established our Sixth Form Academy which offers a range of A Level qualifications in English, maths, the sciences, history, psychology, sports science, drama, art and many other subjects. Each year our partnership with Gordonstoun School, the world-famous independent school in Scotland, results in scholarships being awarded to Urswick students to study A Levels at Gordonstoun, together with other study visits for Sixth Form Academy students.

Our name change in September 2011 heralded a bright new future. We are proud of our history, and to maintain our links with the past we chose the name in tribute to Christopher Urswick who founded free education in Hackney in 1520. Urswick’s vision, which we remain dedicated to nearly 500 years later, is to provide the best possible education for local children of all backgrounds, abilities and beliefs.

If you are looking to educate your child in a caring environment focused on achievement, then come to The Urswick School. We are the smallest mixed secondary school in Hackney and surrounding boroughs. We are friendly and welcoming, offering excellent care, guidance and support, along with high standards of behaviour and academic achievement.

I hope very much that you will visit our school to find out more. I look forward to meeting you in the future.

About us

We are proud of our state-of-the-art facilities in all subject areas, including our environmental roof for outdoor science education, magnificent Sports Centre, purpose built art rooms and drama studio, dining facilities and Library (which are open to the sixth form from 8 am until the end of the school day).  All of these facilities are available and used for sixth form studies.

Our sixth form seminar rooms are equipped with interactive white boards, while our  Sixth Form Study Centre provides students with an essential space away from the hubbub of KS3 and 4 life.

Each member of the Sixth Form is given an iPad on long term loan and can apply for paid work within the school. In addition each year two students receive scholarships to study A Levels at Gordonstoun School, a top independent school in Scotland. We have an excellent programme of university visits.

Learner success

Students studying BTEC Diploma courses achieved a 100% pass rate. A total of 30 BTEC Diploma grades were awarded to Year 13 students, with 87% achieving distinction and higher grades.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2016

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